Don't hate me because I'm Waldorf

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Author Notes: We schemed up a dressing that starts with apple cider vinegar and cider. Then we assembled a party of fresh pals for our Fuji. The surprise guest turned out to be Explorateur triple cream, taking mayo's place. This plays out like a traditional Waldorf, but one you can love.Ginger's Kitchen

Serves 2-4

  • 2 ounces cider vinegar
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 1/4 cup yellow raisins
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely zested peeled fresh ginger
  • zest of 1 key lime
  • 4 ounces Explorateur, a triple cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup jicama, julienned
  • 1/2 cup sliced fennel bulb
  • 1/2 cup julienned celeriac
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 chopped Fuji or honeycrisp apple (@10 oz.)
  • juice of 1 key lime
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of fresh grated pepper
  • 2 ounces fennel fronds
  • 5 ounces dry pan roasted hazelnuts, rough chopped
  1. Mix the cider vinegar with the cider. Add the yellow raisins so they plump up a bit. Smoosh the ginger, lime zest, and Explorateur cheese into the liquid. Set the dressing aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the jicama, sliced fennel, onion, and apple. Pour the lime juice over the mix. Add the salt and pepper. Add some chopped fennel fronds, reserving half for garnish. Pan fry hazelnuts; add them to the salad. Toss with the dressing. Garnish with fennel fronds. Here's looking at you, Waldorf.

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over 4 years ago Helenthenanny

this was really delicious SG!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, Helen!


over 4 years ago Midge

I think you all have taken the Waldorf to a whole new level. Yum!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, Midge. We got to visit Antonelli's Cheese Shop in Austin to buy all our cheeses enjoying their great samples and advice.


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, guys. Let us know if you try this. We sure had fun developing a slew of salads in our little consortium this past week-end!


over 4 years ago nannydeb

I wish I could've been there! What fun!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

We really missed you! Maybe we could use Skype for a future venture sometime...or you can all come up to Amherst!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Last year A&M hosted a night where as many as possible cooked the same thing (shrimp biryani i think?)...maybe they'll do that again?


over 4 years ago vvvanessa

waldorf-hating is so uncool. you win for best name!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks! We do love the name...and the salad, too!


over 4 years ago Kayb

YAY! Was feeling some real pain for the Waldorf after A&M dissed it....:) I love my Waldorf, anxious to try this version!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Let us know if you do, Kayb. We sure had fine creating it.